Every now and then you meet someone who embodies so manyremarkable qualities. Someone who brings so much joy, warmth, and kindness toevery interaction. Someone who is dynamic, interesting, and inspiring. For me,Andre is exactly that person.I met Andre shortly after moving to Calgary. He was a photographer and Iwas trying to get into some modeling in a new city. His easy and inviting energywas immediately felt. It was quickly evident how much talent, creativity and drivehe possessed, and he became one of my favorite photographers to collaboratewith. Seeing his work and watching his career blossom was so inspiring.However what Andre offers as a friend is even greater. Andre always wantsthe best for the people in his life and he is constantly giving the best of himself tothose he loves. Warm, fun, energetic, creative, adventurous, nurturing, smart,and supportive. Whether going for coffee and a conversation or hiking and anadventure, time with him was always replenishing.We have talked for hours about our lives, dreams, goals and fears. Heplayed a pivotal role in supporting me to let go of things that weren’t serving meand in encouraging me to pursue things that were fulfilling. Andre was always upfor adventure and we went on hikes in Bragg Creek and Kananaskis. He showedme some really cool outdoor spaces and we bonded over our love of theoutdoors. In Andre there was a kindred spirit.Andre has believed in me when I doubted, offered encouragement andguidance when I felt confused and he has always been so happy for my successes,even happier than I have been at times. There is no greater gift in life than havingsomeone like that in your life. Andre has truly been a gift and I am beyondgrateful to know him and to call him friend.